Wednesday, October 9, 2013

The Little Crooked Bookshelf (with a Giveaway!)

The Wig in the Window
by Kristen Kittscher

What it's all about . . .
Best friends and seventh graders Sophie Young and Grace Yang have made a game out of spying on their neighbors. On one of their midnight stakeouts, they witness a terrifying, bloody scene at the home of their bizarre middle-school counselor Dr. Charlotte Agford (also known as Dr. Awkward). At least, they think they do. Sophie and Grace become convinced that she’s hiding something—and they’re determined to find out what it is.

Why it's on The Little Crooked Bookshelf . . .
Debut author Kristen Kittscher had us at “midnight spy stakeouts!” And she delivers with a fast-paced, funny mystery full of twists and turns that kept us on the edge of our seat. But The Wig in the Window is also a story with depth. It explores middle-grade friendship, self-discovery, perception, cultural identity, and stereotypes.

Our favorite line . . .
"'At one point she went after the school librarian. The librarian! Could there be a more noble soul?'"

Why kids will love it . . .
The Wig in the Window is a suspenseful mystery that’s populated by colorful characters, both realistic and slightly over-the top. Sophie and Grace are an irresistible team; Grace’s new friend, Tracy, is a breath of fresh air; and Sophie’s Grandpa, a flatulent veteran, is hilarious.

Why grown-ups will love it . . .
Fans of Nancy Drew, The Hardy Boys, Harriet the Spy, and The Westing Game will wish that this book was around when they were younger.

Enter to win a SIGNED COPY!
Add a comment below to win a SIGNED COPY of The Wig in the Window! The winner will be announced on Wednesday, October 16th.


  1. I think this would make a great play or musical!

  2. I'm intrigued! I love mysteries and this sounds like a rollicking one!

  3. I love mysteries and this book is really high on my list.


  4. LOVE the favorite line. As a famous movie once put it, "You had me at," The librarian! Could there be a more noble soul? Now that's writing! I totally want to read this. I am hooked.

  5. Thanks to all who entered THE WIG IN THE WINDOW giveaway! And the winner is .... Clara Gillow Clark! Congrats, Clara! Please email us your mailing address, and we'll send you your signed copy!

  6. Thanks for inviting The Wig in the Window to the cottage, Mr. Pig! Glad to know there are some mystery lovers out there -- I enjoyed your comments!